Tag Archives: pasta

Spaghetti with Summer Sauce

This is a no-cook pasta sauce that is so quick and easy for those hot summer days.  My Dad made this for us when we were kids.  I have no idea how closely this mirrors what he used to make for us, but it’s how I make it and we all like it.  The longer you allow it to sit and have the flavours mingle the better, but allow a minimum of at least 1 hour.  We will have this with some grilled Italian sausage on the side to get some protein in, but you can easily use chicken too.  Or, if you want to keep it vegan or vegetarian, add some chickpeas to the sauce when you first mix it up to allow them to absorb the garlicky-herby flavours of the ingredients. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of June 23, 2018

You may have noticed I didn’t post a Meal Plan last week, and for that I apologize.  There were two reasons: 1) I created a Meal Plan knowing I was developing a cold, and promptly went to bed for about a week, and 2) when I finally got up and around my laptop had decided to stop recognizing that the Internet is a thing and wouldn’t acknowledge it, so even though I wanted to post, I couldn’t.  As a result of the first issue, even though I had developed the Plan with my impending sickness in mind and therefore easy-to-make meals, it didn’t get followed.  Those boys ate whatever they felt like making (cereal and sandwiches, I’m guessing).  As for the second reason, after a good 6 hours of playing and searching for the issue with the laptop, my husband found the problem and was able to rectify it.  This week we are repeating last week’s Lost Meal Plan, since it was a good one, and every now and then you want easy.
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Beef Tortellini Minestrone

I love Minestrone! It’s healthy, it’s comforting, it’s hearty, and it’s easy! You can make it so many different ways, with so many different ingredients. It all depends on what you have in your pantry and what your family likes.  This week I’m using beef tortellini as a combined pasta-and-protein ingredient because it was on sale in the flyer and reminded me that it exists and is great in soup. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of March 31, 2018

I’m still out of commission on the cooking front, so this week’s Meal Plan has a lot of quick and easy dishes my husband and son can prepare.  There are great specials on beef this week at Loblaws, so our Easter Sunday dinner is going to be roast beef tenderloin with all the yummy side dishes. We will be making use of the leftover beef for dinner on Tuesday.  The recipe of the week is going to be Thursday’s Garlic Butter Shrimp Linguine.  It will be posted Monday morning. Let me know if you give the recipe a try, and please feel free to ask if you have any questions about the other meals. Continue reading

Meal Plan for the Week of March 24, 2018

Sorry for the late post this week.  Your blogger is experiencing technical difficulties.  Loblaws has their whole Free From brand chickens on sale for $2.49/lb this week, so we will be roasting two on Saturday and living off the leftovers for a few days.  The Free From chickens are worth buying, especially when they’re on sale, because they are a much more flavourful bird than the regular chickens.  And remember, since your oven is fully hot anyway it doesn’t cost any more to cook two chickens at the same time and get leftovers for easy prep meals during the week or to have cooked chicken on hand in the freezer.  The Chicken Tortilla Soup is going to be the featured recipe this week, so look for that posting Monday morning. Continue reading